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A final review of the Delta Stewardship Council’s proposed Rulemaking Package is under way now through April 22. The revised version out for...
The Delta Stewardship Council has begun the final rounds of public review for its long-term management plan for the Delta. The Council on Nov...
Levees Crucial to Public Safety, Ecosystem Restoration and Water Supply Reliability The levees in California’s expansive Delta are vulnerable...
Chair Isenberg Initiated Exchange In 2009 The Rhine-Meuse Delta in the Netherlands is often compared to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta,...
Sometimes overlooked, but not undervalued—particularly by the Delta Stewardship Council—the Suisun Marsh (Marsh) is one of the most...
It will be a busy February and March for the Delta Stewardship Council as members meet twice each month to consider public comments received...
An independent Science Review Panel discussed strengths and weaknesses of the Delta Protection Commission’s (DPC) draft Economic...
Now finished with its review of Delta Plan drafts, the Delta Independent Science Board (ISB) set out to meet its legislative charge to review...
The Delta Stewardship Council announced the hiring of Dan Ray, long-time planner and public servant, to the post of chief deputy executive...
Water diverters throughout the Delta will be required to monitor the amount of water they use and redirect on a monthly basis, starting Jan....
In an effort to reach new audiences and the public about the Delta Plan, members of the Council and staff talked to online writers and...
At its November meeting, the Delta Stewardship Council voted 5-0 to continue funding the Delta Science Fellows Program. The program, which...
More and smaller striped bass can be caught by Delta fishermen if a proposal from the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is adopted. The...
The Delta Stewardship Council continues to ask for help from experts and leading authorities to develop a ranking system and a plan of attack...
The Delta Stewardship Council voted 4-1 to direct staff to extend the comment period on the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (...
With the Delta so linked to levees and marshes, it made sense for the Delta Independent Science Board (ISB) to include an earthquake...
Judy Meyer Delta Independent Science Board (DISB) member Judy Meyer not only studies water systems for a living, she surrounds herself with...
Cliff Dahm
Dr. Clifford Dahm, an internationally recognized expert in aquatic ecology, climatology, restoration biology, and a professor emeritus of...
Scientists catching fish
At their May meeting, the State and federal representatives who comprise the Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee (DPIIC)...
Delta smelt on the rocks
It may take a village to raise a child, but it takes a whole year to make a mature Delta smelt. That’s one of the key findings in an updated...
The latest scientific information, analyses, and syntheses – aimed at the broad community of scientists, engineers, resource managers,...
Aja Brown
Aja Brown, the newest member of the Delta Stewardship Council (Council) was appointed in August, 2014 by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins to...
Susan Tatayon, now a member of the Delta Stewardship Council (Council), was appointed in May 2014 by Gov. Brown to replace Hank Nordhoff,...
The Delta Stewardship Council (Council) approved a contract at its May 30 meeting hiring ARCADIS-USA to provide technical expertise and...
Jessica R. Pearson, former deputy secretary for the California Natural Resources Agency, has been named Executive Officer of the Delta...
Growing up on his family’s tree fruit and wine grape farm in Turlock, Council Chair Randy Fiorini gained an early appreciation for the...
Following a two-day public workshop in early February, a panel of independent scientists convened by the Delta Stewardship Council’s science...
Four Delta counties recently received grants from the Department of Water Resources (DWR) to improve their emergency response communication...
The Delta Conservancy was created to act as a primary state agency to implement ecosystem restoration in the Delta, and to support efforts...
The California Delta is a unique place distinguished by its diverse geography, vibrant natural resources, rich agriculture and legacy...
The Delta Stewardship Council (Council) recently sent a strong message to the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP): Build the proposed project...
The State Water Resources Control Board Delta Watermaster reported to the Delta Stewardship Council recently that most Delta water diversions...
An important topic in creating an economically viable Delta triggered a lively discussion, and several points of agreement, at the Delta...
This year’s dry winter has caused all manner of concern, but it also created an unexpected benefit for the Delta. Minimal rainfall has...
One of the more discussed elements of the Delta Plan is the concept of covered actions. The Delta Stewardship Council has openly encouraged a...
A proposed recommendation by the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) to decrease the amount of pesticides entering the Delta and other...
Securing the economic health of the Delta is a goal of the Delta Protection Commission’s Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP), a document...
As the Delta Plan nears completion, the Delta Vision Foundation urged the Council and other state and federal agencies and stakeholders to...
Four more work sessions were held during September to assist the Delta Stewardship Council toward the development of the Delta Plan. The...
By March 2012 a comprehensive flood emergency preparedness plan for the Delta should be complete, says Geoff Shaw of the Department of Water...
Along with being a professor in the Geology Department at UC Davis, Dr. Jeff Mount has also been a member of the Delta Independent Science...
At the request of the Delta Stewardship Council, Les Grober, environmental program manager for the State Water Resources Control Board (State...
A “changing of the guard” is underway in the Delta Stewardship Council Science Department as Lead Scientist Dr. Cliff Dahm departs the DSC...
Citing significant economic value that could result, the California Department of Parks and Recreation recommends expanding recreation areas...
The Delta Stewardship Council has approved the implementation of five projects aimed at protecting and repairing Delta levees near a key Bay...
Continuing its process of open communication and transparency, the Delta Stewardship Council explained at a recent meeting the process by...
With Twitter and Facebook, the Council now has two more avenues to interact with the public. Whether it’s incorporating thousands of public...
The Delta Stewardship Council continues to improve and shape the Delta Plan with the release of the fifth staff draft. The document contains...
To get a feel for how much experience Delta Independent Science Board (ISB) Chair Richard Norgaard has, consider this: his curriculum vitae...
The resume of Delta Stewardship Council Member Felicia Marcus reads like a novel, with mentions of Hong Kong, Washington, New York and Los...
The Delta Stewardship Council convened a special meeting June 16 to discuss alternatives that will be reviewed in the Environmental Impact...
As part of a continual pledge to be transparent in the development and implementation of the Delta Plan, Delta Stewardship Council Chair Phil...
If you’re reading this article, you’ve probably noticed the Delta Stewardship Council website looks a bit different. It recently underwent a...
According to one of the state’s leading geologists, dredging every channel of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is probably not the best idea...
During its June meetings the Delta Stewardship Council worked through the fourth staff draft of the Delta Plan, which features a refined list...
Working through problem statements, policy principles and recommendations, and performance measures, the Delta Stewardship completed a...
By anyone’s estimation, Don Nottoli is an active public servant. Aside from sitting on the Delta Stewardship Council, he is also chair of the...
The Delta Stewardship Council is closer to understanding and clarifying a complex piece of the Delta Plan...covered actions. Covered actions...
The Delta Stewardship Council agreed to alter its upcoming meeting schedule to accommodate the inclusion of valuable public comments into its...
During the Delta Stewardship Council’s March meeting, Paul Kelley, Vice Chair of the California Water Commission, told the Council that new...
The third staff draft of the Delta Plan will be evaluated at the April 28-29 meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council. Meanwhile, at the...
But continues to deliver solid results “This report (from the Delta ISB) was very, very helpful. By far, the Independent Science Board’s...
California has a history of quakes as large as the giant 9.0 off the coast of northern Honshu, Japan. That’s according to Delta Independent...
The State Water Board will likely play a large role in the development of the Delta Plan. At the Council’s March meeting Delta Watermaster...
The task set out for the Delta Stewardship Council by the Legislature is definitely daunting. To develop a long-term management plan that...
The Delta Stewardship Council now has a clearer road map to meeting its goal of delivering a completed Delta Plan by Jan. 1, 2012 as mandated...
A process that began more than two years ago made its next to last stop at February’s Delta Stewardship Council meeting. The 2010 Proposal...
Citing serious water quality and ecological issues, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants the public’s input about the effectiveness...
The conversation is under way in the development of the Delta’s first ever long-term management plan. At its February meeting, the Delta...
Delta Stewardship Council member Hank Nordhoff will be the first to tell observers that he’s “not a water guy.” He is instead a businessman...
Common themes and questions arose during the seven Delta Stewardship Council scoping meetings that took place Jan. 18 – 26, around the state...
How in-stream flow requirements should be addressed in the Delta Plan was the topic of in-depth discussion at the Delta Stewardship Council’s...
A major earthquake could have a greater impact on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta than previously estimated and could happen at any time,...
The first public draft of the Delta Plan is expected to be released on Feb. 14. This will be the first of four drafts released before the...
After serving on the Delta Protection Commission and the Bay-Delta Authority, along with two decades in the California Legislature – where he...
Despite hope that best available science would provide a ranking system for stressors, the Delta Independent Science Board found that...
Science was center stage at the Delta Stewardship Council’s December meeting, as three lead scientists presented reports that will factor...
For Delta Stewardship Councilmember Gloria Gray, serving on the Council is about considering and applying a variety of viewpoints to...
Looking back on 2010, I am proud of the progress the Delta Stewardship Council has made toward developing the long-term management plan the...
Amid growing concern over the risk of levee failure in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the Delta Stewardship Council called for an...
For Delta Stewardship Councilmember Randy Fiorini, service on the Council is about bringing nearly three decades of water experience to bear...
The Delta Stewardship Council’s Early Actions Committee has added two items concerning fish screens – the Rock Slough Fish Screen Project and...
With notable progress being made on a number of unresolved issues, the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) Steering Committee plans to release...
Finding that the work is integral to the restoration of the Dutch Slough Tidal Marsh, the Delta Stewardship Council has added to its Interim...
Charged with ensuring all levels of government help meet the state’s coequal goals of a reliable water supply and a restored Delta ecosystem...
California selected a new Governor this month, along with a lot of new legislators. Voters also approved a majority legislative vote to pass...
Seeking common ground from which to begin crafting a Delta Plan, the Delta Stewardship Council will be using a series of white papers to...
In less than a month, the Delta Stewardship Council will kick off a series of seven scoping meetings that will give agencies and individuals...
Yolo Bypass
Significant habitat improvement is possible for several fish and bird species with little annual economic cost for farmers according to a...
Pretty Delta
The Delta Stewardship Council and the National Science Foundation sponsored an Integrated Modeling Workshop May 21-22 at the University of...
Mary Piepho
Contra Costa County Supervisor Mary Piepho, the newest member of the Delta Stewardship Council (Council), joined the Council in February and...
Habitat restoration is one of the critical elements of the Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Plan. And in August, the Council members had the...
Integrated Water Resources Management Power point
The story of how policy makers and scientists are collaborating on difficult decisions is making the rounds. Both Chair Randy Fiorini and...
With the adoption and subsequent implementation of the Delta Plan, the Delta Stewardship Council (Council) continues to focus on specific...
With the Delta Stewardship Council’s (Council) Delta Plan now being implemented, Jessica R. Pearson, the new Executive Officer for the...
The heads of several state and federal agencies affirmed their commitment to work collaboratively on a number of Delta-related projects and...
Much of the work to implement the state’s coequal goals for the Delta will require a collaborative effort between state, federal and local...
After completing his four-year term at the helm of the Delta Stewardship Council (Council), Chair Phil Isenberg stepped aside at the start of...
Park Picture
California State Parks’ proposal for expanding recreational opportunities in the Delta has won a prestigious national award. The National...
Offering the public more opportunities to comment directly on the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Delta Plan,...
Milestones on the Horizon As the Delta Stewardship Council moves closer toward adopting a final Delta Plan, there are still many benchmarks...
Aquatic zooplankton (pronounced zoh-ah-plank-ton) is a term you likely last heard in a high school science class. For aquatic scientists who...
Representatives from the Natural Resources Agency and the Contra Costa Water District say the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) process will...
Despite its media attention, Delta smelt are not the only harbinger of the ecosystem crisis in the Delta. According to Delta Science Program...
Despite the difficulty of performing what it believes are dual roles, the Delta Independent Science Board (ISB) recently released a review of...
“By standing on the shoulders of those who came before, we can see even greater things to come.” Wilbur and Orville Wright, circa 1903 The...
The Delta Stewardship Council has released the final two white papers that will help guide the creation of the Delta Plan. The documents...
The Delta Stewardship Council has issued two new white papers – addressing the issues of emergency preparedness and land use – as it...
The Delta Stewardship Council welcomes visitors at its new location. The office remains in the heart of downtown Sacramento, on 9th Street...
Levee Monitoring
The Brown Bag Series of monthly seminars are used as an educational tool providing the latest environmental information to the science...
Climate change levee
Climate change is one of many threats facing the San Francisco Bay-Delta region, and has the potential to dramatically alter ecosystem health...
Susan Tatayon
The California State Senate in March confirmed Governor Jerry Brown’s appointment of Susan Tatayon as a member of the Delta Stewardship...
At their August 28, 2014 meeting Council members endorsed an issue paper entitled Restoring Habitat with Science and Society in Mind. The...
An unforgiving challenge facing those who manage the Delta’s water supply is keeping high salinity levels at bay – or at least, in the Bay....
If you’re seeking both scientific and political context for California’s persistent drought, the latest issue of the online science journal,...
The Delta Stewardship Council approved comments on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) draft Environment Impact Report / Environment...
When the U.S. District Court recently issued another one-year extension—to February 2015—for the remanded salmon and Delta Smelt biological...
The perils of over-pumping groundwater were the focus of a panel of five state and local water experts convened by the Delta Stewardship...
During its two-day January meeting, the Delta Independent Science Board continued its objective review of the science used to develop the Bay...
Draft Delta Plan, five alternatives reviewed for environmental impact After thousands of comments on drafts of the Delta Plan and countless...
The Delta Protection Commission has approved the latest version of the Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP), but the document is still a work...
Public invited to comment on draft environmental review The Delta Stewardship Council will convene a minimum of two public hearings over the...
The Delta Stewardship Council will hold another work session to explain and discuss covered actions, one of the most talked about parts of...
Cropped Sneed
The Delta Stewardship Council’s Joint Brown Bag seminars convey the latest scientific research and information and are sponsored by the...
Iryna Dronova
Although it’s been about two years since she started as a Delta Science Fellow, Dr. Iryna Dronova is still heavily involved in researching...
Based on large ocean harvests, some recent media reports suggest the California Chinook salmon population is robust; others paint a picture...
Sherman Island
Earlier this summer the Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Science Program’s Brown Bag seminar series presented three talks focused on habitat...
Transportation plays a critical role in the Delta’s economic and social well-being. The road and rail network that crisscrosses the Delta...
Motivated by concerns about the health of resident fish populations in the Delta and evidence that some species, such as the Sacramento...
A 30-year comprehensive plan that addresses habitats and ecological processes, public and private land use, levee system integrity, and water...
The Interagency Ecological Program (IEP) held its annual workshop Feb. 26-28, 2014 in Folsom as a focal point for IEP activities. The IEP is...
Once or twice a month, the Council’s Delta Science Program (DSP) hosts educational brown bag seminars on diverse topics important to the...
SFEWS cover
The latest issue of San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science (SFEWS) is now available. This open-access, peer-reviewed academic journal is...
Phil Isenberg
In May, 2015 Delta Stewardship Council Vice-Chair Phil Isenberg was honored for his 40-plus-year career of public service by the Sacramento...
Lisa Komoroski
Climate change is expected to increase both water temperatures and salinity in the Delta. How might this affect sensitive species? Delta...
When tackling Delta issues, it’s apparent the science component includes a lot of data. But, making that data available to others who really...
Two California Sea Grant State Fellows, affiliated with the Delta Stewardship Council’s (Council) Delta Science Program (Program), are...
The protection, restoration, and enhancement of the Delta ecosystem, one of California’s coequal goals, is no easy task, especially with...
During its 2014 Annual Workshop in late February, the Interagency Ecological Program (IEP) in conjunction with the Delta Science Program,...
How do flow releases potentially restore salmon habitat? That’s one of the questions Delta Science Fellow Erin Bray sought to discover in her...
Council Focuses on Second Staff Draft During March Meeting The third staff draft of the Delta Plan will be evaluated at the April 28-29...
For Gavin McNicol, a Ph.D. candidate at UC Berkeley who is supported by the Sea Grant Delta Science Fellows Program, research means sloshing...
As the first lead scientist for the Interagency Ecological Program (IEP), Anke Mueller-Solger provided scientific leadership and coordination...
San Joaquin County Supervisor Larry Ruhstaller, the newest member of the Delta Stewardship Council (Council), joins the Council with more...
Approaches to adaptive management are not all the same. Tjalling Vlieg, a visiting Dutch student who worked in the Council’s Science Program...
One of the state's coequal goals is the restoration and enhancement of the Delta ecosystem. Just restoring or creating habitat, however, may...
For the Hon. Frank Damrell, Jr., 14 years as a Federal Judge of the United States District Court was a good warm-up act for his current role...
Starting in March, the Delta Stewardship Council’s Science Program began a new approach to its long-running series of lunchtime “Brown Bag”...
Providing a reliable water supply for all Californians, one of the state’s coequal goals for the Delta, is more than just maintaining a...
Keeping the salt field at bay during the drought is a major concern. “Salinity is the central management challenge during a drought,” says...
Volume 12, Issue 1 of the SFEWS online journal has been released. This latest issue includes research articles on economic analysis of...

Coequal goals

The Delta Stewardship Council was created in legislation to achieve the state mandated coequal goals for the Delta. "'Coequal goals' means the two goals of providing a more reliable water supply for California and protecting, restoring, and enhancing the Delta ecosystem. The coequal goals shall be achieved in a manner that protects and enhances the unique cultural, recreational, natural resource, and agricultural values of the Delta as an evolving place." (CA Water Code §85054)